No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,729 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Halcyon Digest
Lowest review score: 0 All Things Bright and Beautiful
Score distribution:
1,729 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    City Of Refuge is an album which manages to be raw yet transcendental and simple yet layered. Inquisitive ears should find plenty of interest here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wolf sometimes succeeds in emulating Kate Bush’s knack for combining the utterly bizarre with godlike musicianship, but sometimes he falls short.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the often dull music, the album is an overall cohesive success. It all ties together well, and it owes its quality to the unwavering confidence of her delivery, both musically and lyrically.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where You Go To I Go Too is one of the finest pieces of music I have heard in years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A dark and beautiful album with true emotional resonance and weight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Many of Sauna’s strongest moments result from Elverum sticking to what he knows best, as well as being the most closely akin to his last two albums.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it is by no means required listening, Couple Tracks is certainly worth it for newcomers and short-time fans of an up and coming experimental punk band. And while it never achieves an album feel, it's got enough short blast of quality to make it worth the money.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze strikes with a gust of pent up emotions, a trailblazing record that openly affirms a personal accountability for self without slipping into heavy-handedness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smoke Ring For My Halo might not be for everyone, but it will definitely find a wider audience than anything else in Vile's catalogue.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A Sunny Day in Glasgow have shown that no sea is big enough to slow unabashed creativity--in fact, the sea seems less absent and quite fruitful in their case.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is easily one of the more intriguing and overlooked releases of 2009, and an infinitely disturbing meld of visceral semblance and quiet complexity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even with today's technology, harvesting emotions as such is perplexing and strenuous. But Kirby does it with a special kind of grace.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is precisely due to the band’s finesse that It’s Blitz! is so refreshing, despite being an old sound wrapped in glitter veneer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His manipulations have gotten more patient, his sketches have become full tunes, and half-obscured melodies have received a lighting from the lamps.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Listening to it can be exhaustive, particularly during its clumsier second half, in which the narratives are duller (particularly Dossier), the musical progressions more stagnant (422). It’s undeniable, though, that this is a very original, fruitful record
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What I find so satisfying with this album, is how Four Tet envisions the lushness of a song, and sonically creates a buoyant, lighthearted blend--a complete album for the lively and lighthearted.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her wordplay ducks and weaves among the braided guitar melodies and idiosyncratic rhythm section with a razor-sharp cutting edge, with varying levels of daintiness, allowing the dangerously catchy melodies and thicker-bodied hooks to amass into a fantastically fluid LP.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Brothers doesn’t break new ground for the band, but it continues to affirm the band’s soul, further demonstrating the unlimited power of blues music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning collection of songs, in the grand Brit-pop tradition.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of classification, Japandroids have created something pure, something without pretense and without any concern for how smart or cool they will sound.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chelsea Wolfe captured the essence of the album title eloquently, succeeding in making an album that is frighteningly honest, poignant, and graceful.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The result, when it flows, is music that verges on the transcendent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ha Ha Sound is occasionally brilliant, often adequate and, on some tracks, so bizarrely irritating that the mind boggles at who Broadcast imagine would actually be interested in hearing them. So, in summation, an almost essential album of largely inessential tracks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Horrors instead set out to redefine the band and its purpose, their second album an exciting result.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Love Remains has no established coherence, disrespects the meaning of creating a full length from scratch by (reworking?) rehashing material, and frankly, relies too much on Krell's scorching falsettos.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Next Day is the best Bowie album in 33 years, but it’s perfectly reasonable to not even call it a top 10 Bowie album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Banga] may be the songstress's most ambitious statement yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tramp isn't as seizing as Epic, its songs aren't as dense and unalike, its textures don't diverge in the same methods, but it breathes more, it quivers more, it shakes, it overturns itself, it rusts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While William Doyle’s career is undoubtedly on an upward trajectory and I am looking forward to his evolution as an artist, Total Strife Forever is hardly a landmark in electronic music.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lovers of schizo-rock will have plenty to revel in.